Arts and Culture

Finding Your Niche: Rouge
Finding Your Niche: Rouge
“I don’t only have South African stories to tell,” says hip-hop artist Rouge, who was born and raised in Pretoria by Congolese parents. “I...
The Weekend Guide
The Weekend Guide
Trafficked: Created by Phakama Dance Theatre and inspired by the story of Saartjie Baartman, Trafficked offers...
The Portfolio: Tshepo Moloi
The Portfolio: Tshepo Moloi
In 2015, while staying in Pennyville, New Canada, I bought a digital camera and started documenting my surroundings. I was always online, which...
Shekhinah is coming up roses
Shekhinah is coming up roses
As Mercury left retrograde and South Africa ushered in women’s month, Apple Music released an all-genre list to celebrate the women with the...
The shifting meanings of that June 16 image
The shifting meanings of that June 16 image
In her article, “The thirtieth anniversary of the...
You’ve got to Love Books
You’ve got to Love Books
When Love Books in Melville threw a party to celebrate its 10th birthday, owner Kate Rogan said in her speech that she’d been rather put out...
Nights of the Creaking Bed offers a panoramic view of Lagos
Nights of the Creaking Bed offers a panoramic view of Lagos
A close friend recently related a story of how a cousin, four years his senior, “molested” him repeatedly as a child. The quotation marks on...
Dear Toni, thank you for seeing us
Dear Toni, thank you for seeing us
"We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” — Toni Morrison
“The earth is full of heavenly bodies everywhere”
“The earth is full of heavenly bodies everywhere”
Skies are rarely the dominant feature in Hemelliggaam or The Attempt To Be Here...
Vignettes on our lives and dreams
Vignettes on our lives and dreams
You know what they say about judging a book by its cover. But no one ever said anything about judging a book by its name. When a friend presented...
Healing from shame is a marathon task
Healing from shame is a marathon task
The subtitle of Costa Carastavrakis’s memoir, I Am Costa: From Meth to Marathons, really only covers half the story. Yes, it’s a...
Get on the Hallyu Wave, K-pop is taking over the world
Get on the Hallyu Wave, K-pop is taking over the world
What if we tell you that Korean pop music has the ability to bring the world to its knees?
A literary snapshot of Somaliland
A literary snapshot of Somaliland
I spent last week at arguably the most well-organised and longest running book festival in East Africa, the Hargeysa International Book Fair. It...
Detangling kinks in the hair industry
Detangling kinks in the hair industry
The natural hair community in South Africa is growing. However public knowledge of what to do with my hair is still stifled. So I do what anyone...

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